Much of what Musk discussed about how his concept in-city Loop would work has been answered in concept videos and the company's FAQ, but he specifically said that the plan is for rides that cost a $1, and carry up to 16 passengers through hundreds of tunnels to those small, parking space-size tunnels located throughout a city.
That announcement on Thursday night preceded a public event Musk held in the LA suburb of Bel-Air on Thursday night, during which he and Boring Company officials talked about the tunneling activities and took questions from members of the community.
He showed what the tunnels would look like in a test run done in the company's hyperloop chamber. "We can actually sell the bricks at like 10 cents a brick", Musk said.
On Tuesday, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk retweeted an LA Metro tweet that said it's moving forward with its plan to create a network of tunnels under Los Angeles that will house a new electric transportation system called 'Loop'.
Musk said the rides will be a subway-rail service which he called as a 'Loop.' He described the tunnels as "almost like an autonomous, underground multi-level auto system", which may eventually number in the thousands. Two neighborhood groups have filed suit to block the environmental exemption.
Musk explained that the company has made progress on its project by building a pilot tunnel at its SpaceX complex in Hawthorne.
Musk launched his foray into public transit after complaining on Twitter in December 2016 that clogged traffic was "driving me nuts", vowing to "build a boring machine and just start digging".
On that note, Musk talked about one transit concept, called Loop, a zero-emissions high-speed transit system that could travel up to 150 miles per hour, and carry passengers from downtown LA to the Los Angeles International Airport in eight minutes. "For tunnels you can have hundreds of lanes, there's no real limit", he said. They say he is trying to obtain a waiver to evade environmental regulations that forbid piecemeal fast-track permitting of big-scope projects. The site of that test tunnel is ensconced in a largely affluent part of the city, where locals are typically averse to projects that might disrupt daily life. We not only know the concept but are also able to see the glimpse of this visionary technology on the internet.
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